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By: Lilibeth A. French

THE REGIONAL Achievement Tests for this school year in Western Visayas will go on, according to Department of Education 6 Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Garay said that the Dep-Ed in consultation with the different school division superintendents has decided to go on with the holding of the RAT for this school year 2011-2012 to assess the performance of the schoolchildren and to know which subject area needs to be improved on.

She said the order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to discontinue the conduct of the Regional and Division Achievement Tests will take effect next school year 2012-2013.

In his DepEd Order No. 7, Luistro has ordered the discontinuation of all scheduled RAT and DAT or any similar assessment tools used by the regions and the divisions in the public system beginning school year 2012 to 2013 with the start of the transition phase in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Luistro said in his directive that the “National Achievement Test held March every year shall be the sole assessment tool that will be recognized in measuring the performance of pupils and students attributing to the performance of individual schools, municipalities, congressional districts, school city divisions, provinces and region.”

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April 01, 2015 01:12 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

I APOLOGIZE for shifting the subject of this column. I promised yesterday to continue with the contract between Energreen and CENECO which I hoped to put to a temporary close. In an effort to keep the momentum I overlooked that this is the last day of work and issue. On Holy Week we contemplate on our state as sinners in need of repentance and atonement to gain God’s forgiveness. Anyway we shall continue on Monday with Energreen and CENECO when the world wakes up to a new day and new challenges. Read more...

Illegal drugs, not prostitution, is No. 1 problem in schools

April 01, 2015 01:10 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Addiction isn’t about substance—you aren’t addicted to the substance. You are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” – Susan Cheever

SAD to say, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has failed to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in many campuses.

Classes have closed but not a single drug pusher that catered to university and college students was apprehended. Read more...

Dimas and Gestas of today

April 01, 2015 01:08 AM

By Ranie Z. Jangayo

IT SEEMS that the two thieves named Dimas and Gestas who were also crucified with Jesus Christ are still with us today.

Dimas and Gestas are not actually named in the Bible. However, an apocryphal book by Nicodemus, which Bible scholars date to the 4th century AD on the Biblical timeline, names the repentant or good thief as Dysmas or Dimas and the one who mocked Jesus as Gestas. Read more...

Lee Kuan Yew and a system that works

April 01, 2015 01:06 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

THE legacy of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has undeniably transformed Singapore, bereft of natural resources, from a struggling small island into one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

His message could have been misread by authoritarian leaders like President Paul Kagame of Rwanda who is seeking to change the constitution to extend his term. Read more...

Go IPEd (The Indigenous Peoples Education)

April 01, 2015 01:04 AM

By: Elena P. Gonzaga

Regional IPEd Focal Person

WESTERN Visayas has a significant number of indigenous peoples learners mapped by the Schools Divisions IPEd Focal Persons.

One of the features of the K to 12 Basic Education is culture-responsive and culture-sensitive, integrative and contextualized, relevant and responsive.  Read more...

Is the pope a Christian?

April 01, 2015 01:02 AM

By:Garry Willis

AT A RECENT I talk I gave about Pope Francis, a man asked me, “Why do more non-Catholics like the pope than Catholics do?”

He was wrong,  A Pew poll two months ago found that 90 percent of Catholics like what the pope is doing—and the number is even higher (95 percent) among the most observant, Mass attending Catholics. The percentage of non-Catholics who view the pope favorably does not get above the 70s. Read more...

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